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This castle is under siege and there’s little I can do about it. I’m standing on the outskirts of a scene that is filled with panic. Dust hangs heavy in the air of the castle’s Great Hall. Its people - dressed in period garb courtesy of renown costume designer Ngila Dickson (the Lord of the Rings trilogy) - scramble for safety, dodging the bits of stone that fall to the floor. At any moment, one of the many spires that hang upside-down from the ceiling, like stalactites in a cave, could snap crushing anyone below. The Ottomans are attacking the castle, I’m told. And these frightened people - including Mirena (Sarah Gadon of Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral) - are awaiting the return of Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6). On cue, the doors to the Great Hall swing open and Tepes makes his entrance. Mirena greets him. »
- Ryan Turek
We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of AFI, Mastodon, Gwar, Every Time I Die, Linkin Park, Fozzy, In Flames, Mushroomhead, Exodus, Misery Signals, Twiztid and more. Don't touch that dial.
Fozzy will release their new album, Do You Wanna Start A War, on July 22 via Century Media Records.
Exodus have parted ways with frontman Rob Dukes and replaced him with former vocalist Steve Souza.
A new In Flames song titled "Rusted Nail" leaked ahead of its official release; it can be heard here. Siren »
- Alex DiVincenzo
Things may have been quiet on the Brandon Cronenberg front since the release of Antiviral but that doesn't mean he hasn't been hard at work. No, Cronenberg's hard at work developing future feature ideas and while those are percolating he recently reteamed with cinematographer Karim Hussain to direct a music video for local electronic music artist Animalia for her track Stifling from their latest album Mouth Full Of Teeth. And - as you would hope - it's a weird one. Check it out below!...
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Cannes -- Last time I was here on the Croisette, David Cronenberg was here with "Cosmopolis," and his son Brandon Cronenberg was here with "Antiviral." It was interesting seeing Brandon make a film that felt like it came from the young and squishy heart of his father, while David made a movie that felt like a genuine explosion of anger without a clear target to land on. It is easy to say that filmmakers lose steam as they work, that age and success mellow even the most genuinely furious artists, but I don't think that's the case with Cronenberg. After all, since the year 2000, he's made three films that I think are all very strong in their own way and very different than anything he'd done before. "Spider" is an upsetting glimpse into a damaged mind, one that traps us inside looking out rather than trying to explain or excuse. »
- Drew McWeeny
One of the most disturbing movies to come along in recent years is Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral, which centers around a fictional company that purchases viruses and pathogens from celebrities who fall ill, which they offer up to clients who want to be infected with the same sicknesses as their favorite celebs. In the film, there's also a celebrity meat market where people can purchase meat grown from the cells of celebrities, allowing them to literally consume the stars that they idolize.
The reason the movie is so disturbing is because it's not hard at all to imagine a world where things like this become real, as celebrity steaks quite frankly seem like the next logical step in our evolution, as a celebrity-obsessed society. Just about a year after the film was released, it looks like life is already beginning to imitate highly disturbing art...
A new company called Bite »
- John Squires
Brandon Cronenberg, son of body-horror auteur David Cronenberg, made his feature debut in 2012 with a film about a celebrity-obsessed future in which a clinic obtains viruses from ill pop-culture stars in order to inject them into clients. Want the same sickness as Madonna or Britney Spears? No problem. Antiviral's cynical view showed us that even pathogens may one day be likened to designer shoes. Following in those footsteps seems to be BiteLabs. From what we can tell, it's a net art project criticizing celebrity culture/enviro issues, boasting “artisanal celebrity meat” – with tongue firmly planted in cheek (no pun intended). “It all starts with your favorite celebrities, and a quick biopsy to obtain tissue samples. Isolating...
- Alison Nastasi
Body horror is a sticky subject. No, really. I wasn't just making a bad pun. In the wrong hands, attempts at stories of this kind can be simply disgusting. But when it is done well, body horror can yield evocative results. Brandon Cronenberg rocked audiences at Fantastic Fest a couple of years ago conjuring up his father David's spirit with the striking Antiviral (2011), and fellow Canadian Jesse T. Cook got even more gooey with Septic Man (2012) the following year. There are plenty of other examples, but it seems a lot of folks are thinking along the same bloodlines. Enter Daniel Delpurgatorio. If you've heard of him, odds are it was his contribution to the long form version of Zac Snyder's Watchmen (2009) that afforded him...
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Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.
We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:
Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D
Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II
Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!
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